A 109-page report published on Tuesday, March 16, by the UK government titled “Global Britain in a Competitive Age,” comes as the announcement of the UK’s biggest foreign policy adjustment since the Cold War. The report acknowledges the danger of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) but sees it as necessary for Britain’s growth, which is why it announced the promotion of a sharp increase in economic ties and agreements between the two powers.
The document goes on to say that the UK should seek to court the CCP in order to obtain “deeper trade links and more Chinese investment.”
Chinese investment is nothing new in Britain, as the increase in firms linked to the CCP investing in the country has been exponential in recent times. But according to the report it will be looking to boost such investment even further.
“China’s growing international stature is by far the most significant geopolitical factor in the world today, with major implications for British values and interests and for the structure and shape of the international order,” the report begins.
Challenges for UK with communist China
It also acknowledges that the fact that China is an authoritarian state, with different values to the British, presents challenges for the UK and its allies.
“China will contribute more to global growth than any other country over the next decade with benefits for the global economy. Both China and the UK benefit from bilateral trade and investment,” the report goes on to say, which would seem to create some contradiction between accepting the danger posed by the CCP to the world, but also admitting that only with CCP will Britain be able to generate the desired growth.
Accepting human rights abuses
Although it does not say so explicitly, the report seems to admit that the Chinese communist regime is a kind of necessary evil for national development and growth, which is quite appalling because it somehow implies acceptance of the barbarities carried out by the regime in exchange for cooperation for “mutual growth.”
In response to the paper, Hong Kong Watch founder and chairman Benedict Rogers told Breitbart London, “To talk of deepening trade links at this time is extraordinary. We should be diversifying our trading relationships and supply chains around the world, recalibrating our policy towards China and prioritizing our values and security against a regime that has proven time and again that its word cannot be trusted.”
Several Conservatives are already in line with Benedict Rogers’s words, demonstrating disappointment and anger with Boris Johnson’s government.
Considering the events of 2020 regarding the CCP Virus and the way China lied to the whole world about its spread, the breaking of the international treaty on Hong Kong, the genocide on the Uighur minority, the persecution of practitioners of the Falun Gong spiritual discipline, seemed to be enough arguments for a free and independent nation like UK to have a more committed attitude to human rights and not to prioritize its economic advantage or possibility of growth.
But evidently the British government’s priorities are completely different from those of human rights. According to the report itself, the priorities for Britain today are preparing for future pandemics, the struggle to maintain biodiversity, and tackling climate change. In this regard, the UK argues, an alliance with the Chinese Communist Party is necessary.
“China is an increasingly important partner in tackling global challenges like pandemic preparedness, biodiversity, and climate change,” the report says.
It remains to be seen precisely how Johnson’s government will succeed in protecting critical infrastructure and information apparatus from the threat of the CCP, while at the same time boosting its business and investment.